K. Van Brabant, Mainstreaming Safety and Security Management in Aid Agencies, Humanitarian Practice Group Briefing (March 2001, p. 1-2, slightly adjusted for clarity).
What types of risks do mission/aid workers encounter? What type of training can sending groups provide to help mission/aid workers manage these risks? And how do sending groups put into practice Principle 7 from the People in Aid Code of Good Practice (2003): “The security, good health, and safety of our staff are a prime responsibility of our organization" (http://www.peopleinaid.org/code/). This entry describes two more resources about safety and protection.
•Personal environments whereby an individual's serious problems can significantly interfere with his/her work/wellbeing and that of others.
Safety First: A Field Security Manual for NGO Staff (2010 edition), Save the Children.
• working in conflict environments and dealing with security threats
• travel and site safety and security
• field communications
• natural hazards and disasters
• relocating and evacuating staff
• incident monitoring and information management.”
(http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/54_2353.htm); go to this link and click on the Google Preview icon to have a look at some of this book's content)
“Going through the marketplace in a male-dominated country, being single in a family-centered society, working in the context of very different and sometimes hostile cultural and religious settings, educating children without proper school systems, trying to show compassion to people in need, serving together in a multicultural team—these are some of the challenges confronting expatriate women.” “Supporting Expatriate Women in Difficult Settings” (Doing Member Care Well, p. 419).
Reflection and Discussion—Add Comments Below
5. List a few differences between the challenges for women and men in a mission/aid setting with which you are familiar (e.g., acceptable gender roles, work load, issues for singles). Think in terms of both local and international staff.